Changes to the Youth Justice Act 1992

The Youth Justice and Other Legislation Amendment Act 2019 (the Act) was passed by the Queensland Parliament on 22 August 2019.

Further changes to simplify the bail decision-making process for young offenders were passed by the parliament on 17 June 2020.

2020 amendments - youth bail

Laws to strengthen and simplify the bail decision-making process for young offenders were passed by the parliament on 17 June 2020 and commenced on 15 July 2020.

The amendments to the Youth Justice Act 1992 mean that children who are an unacceptable risk to the safety of the community must not be granted bail and will be kept in custody.

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2019 amendments

The new laws, passed on 22 August 2019, form part of the Queensland Government’s $550 million investment in youth justice reforms, including new programs and services to keep young people out of custody and from re-offending.

The Youth Justice and Other Legislation Amendment Act 2019 was tabled in June 2019 and then referred to the Legal Affairs and Community Safety Committee for consideration. After a detailed examination, which included submissions from stakeholders, the Committee recommended that it be passed.

The Act includes changes to the Youth Justice Act 1992, the Bail Act 1980, the Police Powers and Responsibilities Act 2000 and the Public Guardian Act 2014, including:

  • changes to the Charter of Youth Justice Principles
  • recordings and use of body-worn cameras in detention centres
  • insertion of a new sentencing principle into the Youth Justice Act 1992 regarding child homicide
  • amendments to the Public Guardian Act 2014
  • establishment of a contemporary information sharing framework under amendments to the Youth Justice Act
  • amendments to the Police Powers and Responsibilities Act 2000.

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